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LLUMC partners with local health care entities on outpatient center

A new 72,000-square-foot health care facility was announced on Wednesday, September 27.
A new 72,000-square-foot health care facility was announced on Wednesday, September 27. The Beaumont Healthcare Center is a collaborative effort of Loma Linda University Medical Center, Faculty Practice Plan of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Redlands Community Hospital, and Beaver Medical Group.
Four local health care organizations announced their intention to build a new outpatient facility in Beaumont that will offer comprehensive, high quality medical services.

Partnering together are Loma Linda University Medical Center, the Faculty Practice Plan of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Redlands Community Hospital, and Beaver Medical Group.

The health care entities are collaborating to develop a new 72,000-square-foot facility that will serve the residents of Beaumont, as well as the surrounding communities of Cherry Valley, Banning, Cabazon, Calimesa, Yucaipa, and Oak Glen.

Initial plans for the Beaumont Healthcare Center include a medical office building, outpatient surgery center, urgent care, a variety of medical and surgical programs, and additional services such as imaging, a laboratory, and physical therapy. Plans are contingent upon approval by the city of Beaumont.

Preliminary plans for the Beaumont Healthcare Center call ground to be broken by spring 2007, with completion in the winter of 2008. The project is expected to cost $42 million.

“Loma Linda University Medical Center is pleased to work together with the Faculty Practice Plan of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, Redlands Community Hospital, and Beaver Medical Group to extend our mission of providing quality health care services to a broader community,” says Ruthita J. Fike, MA, chief executive officer, Loma Linda University Medical Center.

“The Beaumont Healthcare
Participants in the unveiling ceremony and guests surround a new sign marking the site of the Beaumont Healthcare Center.
Participants in the unveiling ceremony and guests surround a new sign marking the site of the Beaumont Healthcare Center.
Center will bring new facilities to the area, as well as make specialized services and physicians more accessible and convenient for people who live in surrounding communities.”

LLUMC is a tertiary care hospital that serves as the only Level I regional trauma center for Inyo, Mono, Riverside, and San  Bernardino counties.

The Medical Center offers nearly 900 beds for patient care and operates some of the largest clinical programs in the United States in areas such as neonatal care and outpatient surgery, and it is recognized as the international leader in infant heart transplantation and proton treatment for cancer.

“By teaming with LLUMC, Redlands Community Hospital, and Beaver Medical Group, the Faculty Practice Plan of Loma Linda University School of Medicine is actively participating in one of the most important new health care initiatives in the Inland Empire,” notes H. Roger Hadley, MD, dean of the School of Medicine.

“We will be able to bring the medical expertise of a teaching hospital faculty to patients in the Beaumont area.”

The Faculty Practice Plan of Loma Linda University School of Medicine is composed of more than 500 physicians from 20 different physician group practices affiliated with the Medical Center. The group maintains nearly 20 satellite offices throughout the Inland Empire.

“The new outpatient center reflects feedback we have received from local community members and physicians regarding the services that are needed in the area,” says James Holmes, president and chief executive officer of Redlands Community Hospital. “Our goal is to provide comprehensive and cost-effective services with an emphasis on our patients’ needs.”

Redlands Community Hospital has been serving the local community for more than 100 years. The 176-bed hospital offers a full range of medical and surgical services, including maternity, neonatal intensive care services, orthopaedics, psychiatric services, and an emergency room that treated more than 41,000 patients in 2006, resulting in 6,164 admissions.

The hospital performs nearly 6,500 surgeries a year and in 2005 admitted more than 13,000 patients.

 “We are enthusiastic about participating in the new outpatient center, as it will allow our local patients to access expanded diagnostic and treatment services without having to leave the area,” says John Goodman, administrator of Beaver Medical Group.

“In most cases, medical conditions that are less serious and surgical procedures that do not require a hospital stay will be able to be managed right at the outpatient center.”

Beaver Medical Group has facilities in Redlands, Yucaipa, Highland, Colton, and Banning. Founded in 1945, Beaver Medical Group is one of the largest multispecialty medical groups in southern California, with more than 140 physicians representing 25 medical specialties.

Beaver Medical Group recently opened a second medical office building in the city of Banning, adjacent to an established location where Beaver physicians have been caring for area patients for more than a decade.

The new medical office building will enable Beaver Medical Group to bring additional physicians to the community and expand specialty care services.

TODAY news for Thursday, October 5, 2006